Women for change 2014: Mariama Moussa / Niger

«No to the early and forced marriages of young women»


Women for change 2014 award, for her project!

Forced marriage is still practised in Niger with total disregard for the rights of girls and women. This practice is more widespread in rural zones, where many adolescents fall victim to the practice.



The concept: despite Niger’s commitment to basic human rights, this traditional practice is not considered a breach of basic human rights. Whether they are kidnapped or "offered" by their family, one-third of girls are married off before the age of 15. Three-quarters of deaths among teenage girls are linked to pregnancy.
A pioneer in the fight to prevent violence to women and children, Mariama Moussa focuses on the rural community of Abala (in the Filingué region) where two-thirds of girls leave primary school to enter forced marriages.

The aim of the project: to change behaviour, it is first necessary to inform, raise awareness and share experiences by organising debates in the villages. It is also necessary to form committees in all the villages to flag any new victims and get them in school. And finally, to raise awareness by organising a national mobilisation day in Niamey.

The future: changing the attitude of parents so that girls from Abala can continue their education. To give girls the right to choose what to do with their own bodies and make decisions about their love life and family life. To halt the numerous deaths linked to adolescent pregnancy.

Name of the NGO: SOS Femmes et Enfants Victimes de Violence Familiales (SOS FEVVF)
Project beneficiaries: around 2,000 girls from villages and neighbourhoods exposed to the risk of early/forced marriage.


Women for Change, Thank you for your support!

The Orange Foundation and the Women’s Forum are proud to present the Women for Change award, which honours women who are committed to helping their sisters in Africa.

From 15 September to 15 October, people voted online for one of the five women. The winner will receive funding from the Orange Foundation to support her project.

The project of Mariama Moussa (Niger), received the most votes and won a €25,000 grant. The results of the vote were announced during the opening dinner at the Women’s Forum, on October 15th.
The participants to this dinner had also their chance to vote and granted a second award of 25 000 euros to Noushka Teixeira (DRC).

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